In numbers: Edinburgh’s £1 billion St James development

More than 3,000 people have worked on the construction of the Edinburgh St James development – with 80 per cent of them living in the area.

Friday, 29th March 2019, 8:38 am
Updated Friday, 29th March 2019, 8:58 am
Construction on the new site will include a hotel , cinema, residential accommodation, car parking for 1600 cars and open spaces for shows.

This includes the employment of 41 apprentices, exceeding the initial project targets by 136 per cent.

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In addition, 80 students have successfully carried out work experience, accumulating nearly 1,000 hours of labour on site. This is double the projected target of 500 throughout the entire construction period.

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The development, located within a world heritage site at the heart of the Capital, will provide long-term benefits delivering more than 3,000 permanent full time jobs.

Cllr Kate Campbell, housing and economy convener, said: “Helping young people to develop skills and access employment is one of the most important parts of our strategy for creating a more inclusive economy. Community benefits that are written into contracts have such a big role to play and it’s really encouraging to see this number of young people developing skills – particularly in construction which is key to the city’s future success.”

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